General guidance on submitting work to an RSMA Annual Exhibition
Every autumn the RSMA stages its Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in central London.
This Open Exhibition is widely recognised as a showcase for the best in contemporary marine art, with selected work by non-members hung alongside the work of our current Members.
We welcome submissions from any artist producing work with a marine theme.
Registration & Digital Submission (selection) to the RSMA Open Exhibition
More useful information before submitting work can be found on the links below:
Please read this before submitting - Click here for details - links to https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/open-exhibitions/royal-society-marine-artists - this page details all the info on how to submit, important dates, conditions, artwork delivery, selection, International entrants, terms and conditions, Art Couriers and Prizes & Awards.
Registering - Click here to register - links to https://mallgalleries.oess1.uk/artistregistration.aspx - once registered you can login to submit work and check the selection results.
Submitting work - Click here for submitting work to RSMA exhibition
Terms and conditions - Click here for details
Notification of pre-selection will be posted on https://mallgalleries.oess.uk from: Friday 15th July, 12 noon. If your work or works are selected then please deliver them to the Mall Galleries on the receiving day: Saturday 13th August , 10am to 5pm.
Artists resident outside the UK
Artists resident outside the UK should take note of the additional conditions that apply to them.
Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU are welcome to submit work.
If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register an account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs.
Artists submitting work from outside the UK and EU must be registered BEFORE they submit online. Artists without a UK residence (known as 'NETPs' - non-established taxable persons) can find further details on 'NETP' status and how to register for VAT at https://www.gov.uk/vat-registration, (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading 'Should I be registered for VAT?'
Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0845 010 9000 or if your call is from outside the UK +44 2920501 261.
The subject matter must be essentially marine in nature, relating in some way to tidal waters of the world; topographical, historical, still life, and figure painting are all welcomed.
Paintings of non-tidal rivers, inland lakes and waterways etc are not permissible.
Most media are acceptable, including oils, watercolour, acrylics, pastels, drawings, original prints and sculpture.
How to submit, registration, selection etc
ALL work must be submitted online for selection.
You can register here. You can then login to submit your work and check the selection results.
Upload images of work at https://mallgalleries.oess1.uk between Monday 18th April, 12 noon and Friday 8th July, 12 noon.
(Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB - Good quality and sharp images helps with the selection).
Check https://mallgalleries.oess1.uk/artistlogin.aspx on Friday 15th July, 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected.
If pre-selected, deliver your original work on Saturday 13th August, 10am to 5pm, to: Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD for final selection.
Important submission and exhibition dates
Submission opens: Monday 18th April, 12 noon.
Submission closes: Friday 8th July, 12 noon.
Pre-selection notification: Friday 15th July, 12 noon
(Log in to see if your work/s has been pre-selected).
Receiving day for pre-selected works: Saturday 13th August, 10am to 5pm. Work can only be delivered on this day.
Notification of acceptance: Tuesday 16th August, 12 noon. (Log in to see if your work/s has been selected for the exhibition).
Collection of unaccepted work (from pre-selection): Thursday 18th August, 10am to 5pm. Collection is only on this day.
Private View - Invitation only: Wednesday 21st September, 12pm to 8pm, Opening and Awards at 4.30pm.
Exhibition opens: Thursday 22nd September, 10am to 5pm.
Exhibition closes: Saturday 1st October, 5pm.
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 6th October, 10am to 5pm. Collection is only on this day.
Paintings, scuptures and limited edition prints
For the full Terms and conditions - Click here. Please read this.
Artist are strongly urged to submit new work not previously exhibited.
A maximum of six works may be submitted of which four may be selected for exhibition.
Prints must be from a limited edition not exceeding 50.
Pre-selected works delivered to the Mall Galleries must be exhibition-ready but with NO hanging fittings. Frames or stretchers should be sufficiently substantial to withstand mirror plating with 12mm size 6 screws. There should be no projections from the back of the frame. The following are inadmissible: metal frames, unprotected glass edges and clip frames.
Works must not exceed 2.4m in size in any direction.
We advise the use of plain, simple framing in a light or medium colour. Frames and mounts of an unusual colour, size or design may prejudice the chance of hanging.
All works must be for sale.
Prices should include gallery commission (including tax) and VAT if the artist is VAT registered.
The price entered on the Registration Form is the catalogue selling price.
The minimum price for any work is £300, except for prints - unframed £120, framed £200
£18 for each work. (£12 per work for artists aged 35 and under).
There is a non-refundable submission fee for all exhibitions unless stated to the contrary. Artists aged 35 or under at the time of the submission of their Works to the Federation of British Artists are entitled to a reduced fee.
The Mall Galleries' commission is 45% (plus VAT).
RSMA receiving day and collection of unsold exhibition work
RSMA Receiving days:
Saturday 13th August, 10am to 5pm. Delivery is only on this day.
Works should be delivered unwrapped and labels attached to the back or the base of sculptures. The exhibition catalogue is compiled from the information on the form you provide when you submit so please complete it accurately.
Your work, plus the Registration Form, must be delivered to: Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD. Note that the handing-in location is on Carlton House Terrance and not the main gallery which is on The Mall.
If you live outside London or cannot deliver there are regional collections. See this link for information on regional handing-in points. Please contact the companies for cost, collection times etc.
You are advised to check the relevant websites for any events or road closures in central London, or public transport delays or cancellations, that might effect your journey.
Collection of unaccepted work from pre-selection
Thursday 18th August, 10am to 5pm. Collection is only on this day.
Collection of unsold exhibition work
Thursday 6th October, 10am to 5pm. Collection is only on this day.
2022 RSMA Exhibition Details
Private View: Invitation only:
Wednesday 21st September, 12pm to 8pm. Opening and Awards at 4.30pm.
Exhibition open to the public:
Thursday 22nd September, 10am to 5pm.
Saturday 1st October at 5pm.
The following Awards will be presented at the 2022 RSMA Exhibition (subject to confirmation)
Each year a number of prizes are awarded. Most of the prize-winners are selected by the companies or individuals sponsoring the award.
We are most grateful for the continuing support of all our sponsors.
The Baltic Exchange Award
For an outstanding work related to the maritime industry, selected by the Society’s President and the Chairman of the Baltic Exchange. Including works related to trade (ports, cargo vessels, etc), ship building, safety at sea / the crew, the RNLI or NCI. The Baltic is an historic membership organisation at the heart of the international shipping industry, providing services relied upon by shipping markets worldwide.
The Murray's Commercial Fishing Award
For a work in any medium depicting commercial fishing.
The Kenneth Denton Award
For a work on the theme 'The Sea in all its Moods'. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton.
The Charles Pears Award
For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. To be judged by the RSMA Selection Committee.
The RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting
For a work in any medium measuring no more than 30cms (12") along its longest length (excluding frame). Made possible by the generosity of a member.
The RSMA New Generation Award
Awarded by the Society, the successful artist will receive £250. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the close of submissions.
The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize
For a notable oil painting.
Value: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials to be chosen by the winner.
The Topbond Marine Award
For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK.
The Classic Boat Prize
The winner will take home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures, given for the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.
The Artist Magazine Award
For the most deserving work, as judged by the Magazine. The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition.
Value: Feature article in The Artist magazine.
The Royal Society of Marine Artists
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